Court resolves Mugabe’s poll date fix today


HARARE – President Robert Mugabe has filed an urgent application in the High Court seeking to be excused from having to proclaim the dates for the three Matabeleland by-elections by the March 31 deadline.

The deadline was fixed by Judge President George Chiweshe in an October 2 ruling.

The application is due to be heard by the Judge president today in the High Court.

In the main affidavit, made by the minister of Justice and Legal Affairs Patrick Chinamasa on behalf of Mugabe, the explanation given for the application is that, following the “Yes” vote in the referendum, Parliament is expected to finish passing the new constitution by May 8, and that the proclamation calling for the harmonised elections will be gazetted immediately thereafter.

“In terms of the Constitution the life of Parliament terminates on June 29, 2013, by which date harmonised elections must be held in the country,” Chinamasa says in the court papers.

This is the basis of the request for the court to allow Mugabe to delay calling the by-elections on condition that he ensures the harmonised elections are held by June 29. — Veritas

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